Monday, November 15, 2010

Grocery Store Wars (2005)

Check out this video on YouTube:

Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat by Dr. Gary Huber

Can Sugar Substitutes Make You Fat? - TIME,8599,1711763,00.html

Diet Sweeteners Can Make You Sick and Fat

Sweet-taste receptors, low-energy sweeteners, gluc... [Br J Nutr. 2010] - PubMed result

 These studies have given rise to major speculations that the ingestion of food and beverages containing low-energy sweeteners may act via these intestinal mechanisms to increase obesity and the metabolic syndrome due to a loss of equilibrium between taste receptor activation, nutrient assimilation and appetite. However, data from numerous publications on the effects of low-energy sweeteners on appetite, insulin and glucose levels, food intake and body weight have shown that there is no consistent evidence that low-energy sweeteners increase appetite or subsequent food intake, cause insulin release or affect blood pressure in normal subjects. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sugar: The Bitter Truth (The SHORT Version)

‘The bitter truth about fructose alarmism. | Elevating Fitness

This "rebuttal" fails to address the biochemistry of fructose in the
liver, or fatty liver disease.

Agave Nectar: The Bitter Truth About This “Natural” Sweetener | Anti-Aging News | Anti-Aging Resources | Live in the Now by

Report: Some Sodas Have More High-Fructose Corn Syrup Than Advertised | NBC Los Angeles

Oh, Crap: Scientists Discover That High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Really Fat

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Easy to Make Recipes

Since I don't like to spend much time cooking, I came up with the following recipes that are easy to make.

Omelet in a Cup

  1. 15 ounce porcelain cup.
  2. 3 eggs, or 183 grams of "Egg Beaters" product, preferably Southwestern Style with Yolk.
  3. 3 tablespoons of "Salsa Cruda." which is chunky salsa with almost no liquid.   i.e. tomatoes, onion, peppers.
  4. A sprinkle of bacon bits (preferably store bought) or diced ham.
  5. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
I spent the weekend experimenting with how to make an omelet in the microwave, so as to avoid all that messy cooking.   I had a plastic device for making omelets in the microwave, but it didn't work that well.   The results were messy and uneven.
I also wanted to avoid all the oil that restaurants put in their omelets.   I used the "Egg Beaters" product to save on cholesterol.
Getting it to come out exactly right is a tricky process.   The most important rule with any microwave cooking is to not over cook.   I discovered that if I throw all the ingredients into a cup, except the cheese, and microwave the mixture on 10% power for 20 minutes, then I get even cooking and I avoid air pockets that will distort the shape of the omelet .   If you see the eggs bulging at all, then you are either overcooking or cooking at too high of a power.

By following this method, the omelet came out perfect, and a whole lot easier to make than a pan fried omelet.   How much salsa and meat you add to the mixture is entirely up to your tastes, but I added just enough salsa to make the mixture colorful, and just a sprinkle of bacon bits.   The more ingedients you add, the longer the cooking time.

This was really good with ketchup.   The result is a bit like scrambled eggs.
I didn't actually add the cheddar cheese, but if I had, then I would have waited until about 3 minutes before it was done cooking, and then added the cheese on top and microwave until the cheese melts.   If you add the cheese too early then it will become runny.
My one disappointment is that it wasn't that big of a serving.   The "Egg Beaters" product is not very high in calories, and without the extra oil and cheese that restaurants use, it ended up being a low calorie and low carb omelet.   This means that if I want it to be more filling then I need to either increase the amount of my ingredients, or make two omelets.

Best Tomato Soup

  • 1/2 bag of extra wide egg noodles
  • 2 large cans of tomato soup
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 small can of diced tomatoes with peppers
  • 1 small can of sliced (stewed) tomatoes
  • Up to a large can of water, which is all that I have room for in a 6 quart crock pot.   I would like to experiment with being to add more water so that it is not so thick.   I am looking to into buying an 8 quart crock pot online.  
Combine all the ingredients and cook until the noodles are done.   Don't use too many noodles, otherwise the soup will come out too thick.

The Word's Easiest Chicken Tacos.

Fill a large microwave safe dish with taco shells, either normal length or extra long shells.   Place a single frozen chicken tender (i.e. Tyson) into each taco shell.   For extra long shells put two tenders end to end.   Pour a generous amount of taco sauce over each tender.   Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over each tender.
Microwave for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.
It is really good.
I have had some good results using thick salsa instead of taco sauce.   The kind I buy comes in quart jars and is available at Wal-Mart.

Best Microwave Popcorn

You need a sturdy microwave popcorn bowl like this one.   Add 4 ounces of Orville Redenbocker popcorn and 2 ounces of healthy Canola Oil.   Microwave for 4 minutes.   Add seasoned salt.   This is much better tasting than bag microwave popcorn and better than some movie theater popcorn, both of which can be too dry.   Approximately 700 calories for the entire amount.   About 1/3 of the kernels will not pop.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween Candy

Wanting to give full size candy bars out at Halloween time, and not wanting to spend 50 cents per candy bar, I bought 12 packages of 6 Wal-Mart “Great Value” chocolate candy bars at $2 per package.   I should have plenty.   If I find candy on sale for a cheaper price, then I will get that as well.


Now I have to avoid the temptation to eat them.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Banana Milkshake

I fill our blender with ice, add 2 cups of skim milk and 2 bananas and 1 package of sweetner.  The older bananas have more flavor.  Tastes like a banana milk shake.  Yummy.  Makes enough for 2 shakes---one for me and one for John.
It's my version of Rally's Banana Milkshake that I cannot afford their calories, but with skim milk, I can afford the calories in mine!  
Mardawna Grover, Realtor

Friday, September 3, 2010

Chocolate Pudding with a Banana

What to do with a ripe banana? I prefer my bananas less ripe, so when I forgot about some and let them sit for a week, I came up with a clever way to get rid of them.

In a blender I mixed one banana with two packages of sugar free instant chocolate pudding and four cups fat free milk. This is like adding starch to starch, but it was a way of sneaking some fruit into the pudding.

At first I could not really call it an improvement. It wasn't bad, but it was different. Howerever, the taste has grown on me a bit.

Maybe I could have done better by adding banana slices to banana flavored pudding instead. I also wonder about the possibility of blending strawberries with chocolates pudding.